BY MAGRETH RUZVIDZO
Black Rhinos Queens left the country today for the CAF Champions League, Southern Region qualifying tournament in Durban, South Africa which starts on Thursday.
The competition serves as the qualifier for the inaugural TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League that will be hosted in Cairo later this year.
Black Rhinos coach Kuda Matuwi said although preparations were not the best they would have wanted, they managed to make use of the available time to prepare for the expected tough competition.
“The preparations were not as good as we wanted because most of the training sessions were virtual and we only had an exemption of two weeks to do group training before the tournament. But we have tried our best to utilise the available time,” said Matuwi.
After a lot of transfer activity, he is happy with the experience that they have in their ranks.
“The squad is good, it is composed of experienced players fused with younger emerging stars,” he said.
The team was beefed up with the acquisition of Mighty Warriors stalwarts Rudo Neshamba, Patience Majuru, Talent Mandaza and Felistas Muzondondi among others.
The 2021 CAF Women’s Champions League COSAFA Qualifier will see seven teams from the region compete in two groups. The top two in each group will advance to the semi-finals and the winner will secure the slot at the Egypt tournament.
Black Rhinos Queens are in Group B together with Green Buffaloes from Zambia and TURA Magic from Namibia. They will clash with Green Buffaloes on Friday at 1500 hours.
South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies are in Group A, and will clash with Lesotho Defence Force, Double Action Ladies from Botswana, and Eswatini’s Manzini Wanderers.
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